Ari Priakos (NMLS: 200423)

Mortgage Planner

Cell: 727.252.3222

Aristides Priakos, or “Ari” as his friends call him, has been with American Equity Mortgage since January 2016. A Florida native, Ari is the son of famed symphony conductor, Vasilios Priakos, who started the Ft. Lauderdale Philharmonic. Working in the financial, mortgage and real estate markets is in his blood. His mother was part of the launch of Keller Williams Real Estate in San Antonio, Texas.

Beginning his financial career in the early 90’s, Ari was an investment banker, managing a multi-billion dollar bond portfolio to Wall Street. After an extensive career as a bond trader, Ari helped establish a Texas mortgage company, which is still a top tier lending company in the area today.

Ari can work with you on any mortgage need, from beachfront condos to luxury homes. He has expert knowledge in VA lending, and is proud to serve the brave men and women that serve, or have served, our great country. Ari states, “My realtors enjoy working with me for my extensive financial background and my keen knowledge in the real estate and lending industry.”

Mr. Priakos is an award winning published author of personal development books. His last two, “I Alone! Mastering Life’s Seven Principles,” and “The Reference Point,” have become international best-sellers. His writing has put him in high demand as a motivational public speaker with engagements nationwide, addressing groups from 250 to 10,000.

Ari lives with his fiancé just outside of Tampa, FL. His daughter is a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee. When Ari’s not working, you will find him on the beaches of the world, talking about life to complete strangers.

Real People. Real Stories. Get to a Better Place...

"American Equity Mortgage really lives up to their motto about getting you to a better place. They sure got me to a better place!"


"We were out of state and our Mortgage Planner did a wonderful job of updating us continually. She made the loan process a wonderful experience."


"My Mortgage Consultant at American Equity Mortgage was fantastic! He looked after my interest and went above and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend AEM!"


Our Three I's

Each staff member is committed to ensuring that each customer receives individual attention at every step of the loan process. At the heart of this commitment are our "Three I's":

Our dedication to the Three I's enables us to stay true to our goal: To give you the best chance to obtain a money-saving loan that's right for your individual needs and goals.

Products We Offer

With a variety of home loan purchase options, we can provide the right product to suit your individual needs: Adjustable Rage Mortgage, FHA Loan, Jumbo Loan, USDA Loan, VA Loan.

Your Home Loan Experts

American Equity Mortgage is one of the nation's leading mortgage lenders and your home loan expert. We are dedicated to understanding your needs in order to develop the best solution for you.

We have helped thousands of homeowners like you find the perfect loan. We understand the challenges home buyers face, and our expertise ensure that we will close your loan quickly and get you in your new home fast. And, we will keep you informed of your loan's progress every step of the way.